SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has urged all eligible adults in Greenock and Inverclyde to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.
Everyone aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people at most risk of serious illness are offered the flu vaccination on the NHS.
Flu rates in Scotland doubled in December with the most recent figures from Health Protection Scotland showing around 46 Scots in every 100,000 were suffering from the virus, comparing to 22 in every 100,000 for the same week in 2016.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“It’s not too late to get the flu jab – and if you’re eligible for vaccination on the NHS it’s important that you take that offer.
“Cases of flu were at double the rate in December as the previous year, and can be a serious illness that can make even healthy people very unwell.
“Around two thirds of people who get severe flu and need intensive care treatment have a health condition such as chronic lung or heart disease. No matter what age you are and how fit and healthy you feel, if you have a health condition including diabetes, asthma, bronchitis or COPD and heart disease you’re more vulnerable to the flu.
“NHS staff in Inverclyde are doing a tremendous job at a tough time of year, and we should all do our bit to not add unnecessary pressure on the health service.
“If you’re eligible, please make getting the vaccination a priority and book an appointment with your GP practice or health board as soon as possible.”
Visit www.immunisationscotland.org.uk for more information.